A Chinese state news broadcaster has apparently been caught passing off dogfight footage from the Hollywood movie “Top Gun” as footage of China’s latest fighter jet destroying a target drone in a live fire exercise.

The aircraft in question, the Chengdu J-10 (or “Jian Shi” – “Annihilator 10”), is China’s latest multi-role fighter jet, introduced in 2005 and officially claimed to be “completely Chinese designed” but in fact based on a mixture of Israeli and Russian design and technology. A number of the aircraft have been lost due to malfunctions.

China Central Television broadcast footage of the J-10 supposedly blowing up a target aircraft on a news programme, but Chinese net users soon noticed the 2 second clip they presented as the latest glory of the PLAAF bore a striking resemblance to the classic Tom Cruise movie “Top Gun,” showing an F-5 (standing in for a fictional MiG) being blown to bits by an F-14.

The comparison images they prepared demonstrate the similarity – the CCTV footage is on the left, Top Gun on the right:


It is not clear whether CCTV actually have permission to use clips from Top Gun in the first place, adding copyright infringement to the mix.

Another distinct possibility is that the military itself provided the footage to CCTV thinking neither they nor the Chinese people would know any better.

Whatever the case, China passing off pirated Hollywood footage of US aircraft as the triumph of its own “indigenously designed” jet is probably the ultimate (so far) in “made in China” irony.

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    Avatar of PirateKing
    Comment by PirateKing
    19:54 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "A number of the aircraft have been lost due to malfunctions."

    I guess that is where the chinese design came

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    20:00 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lies on top of lies on top of lies on top of lies.

    Christ. If I was a Chinese citizen, I'd be embarrassed. The good Chinese citizens have to contend with this bullshit from their own government.

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    Comment by Solru
    20:28 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Most of the Chinese citizen just laugh it off whenever their government do something stupid anyway

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    Comment by ItsDemo
    20:43 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    if only it was Tom Cruise in that plane that blew up. then it would've been epic.

    he's such a fudge packer.

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    Comment by TC-man
    23:07 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, then all Americans should be so embarrassed that they have to stay home all the time because all the embarrassing things their Government did and still does. For example killing innocent civilians in Iraq, Afganistan, racist policy in the past, the KKK, the Abu Ghraib Prison scandal, Guantanamo Bay, and many more.

    Avatar of kazaza2
    Comment by kazaza2
    00:20 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh do you mean like the Taliban does when they behead innocent people and stone women for supposed adultry or because they're not wearing a burka. Maybe when they blow up thousand year old statues of the Buddha because it an affront to their own fucked up thinking. Now there some real enlightenment.
    Go look in your own closet before you look in mine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look at the rest of the world before you look at us.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:23 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    theres is nothing funnier than american family on vacation. Fat parents, kids with adhd, creepy girl and her slutty older sister. om nom nom nom

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    Comment by Achiuakuna

    What makes you think we Americans have to stay home all the time because we are "embarrased"? We travel the world all the time just to make fun of your shitty ass countries and make YOU feel embarrassed. Seriously. No matter how fashionable for you butthurt losers to hate America, we don't give a flying fudge. We'll always do what we do and your butt will always be hurt.

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    Comment by kazaza2
    00:07 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its not embarrassing if you never hear about it.
    Chinese citizens get spoon fed whatever the government want to tell them and anything else is foriegn propaganda.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You do know that even US airforce lose aircrafts due to malfuctions right? And not to mention all the Blue Angel crashes.

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    Comment by PirateKing
    20:33 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Lots of planes crash but when a country has to take footage from top gun because they can't get decent stuff any other way, I think that says all that needs to be said.

    And whenever I read something about "chinese quality" the story about the kid whose chair exploded and shot shrapnel up his ass and he bled to death in agony pops up in my mind, and that also is all that needs to be said.


    Comment by Anonymous
    22:55 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are actually plenty of videos of J-10 shooting down target drones during excersizes. They just don't look nearly as good as the stuff Hollywood pyrotechnics could cook up. (RL missle hits are actually pretty boring. Mostly just smokes and every little flash) And hey, it's also cheaper to just copy and past what's already been made than have the military spend time and money to make their own advertisement.

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    Comment by Candy
    19:59 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Take my breath away.

    Comment by 666
    21:53 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It doesn't make any sense! Maybe my opinion about this is too ethnocentric, but I really don't understand it. What was the reason for China to humiliate itself again? Please someone from China explain this to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 30/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Clearly what happened is that the People's Republic of China produced such a fine piece of technical engineering that the dirty Americans retroactively stole their footage and put it in their movies.

    Those damned thieving Americans!

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    Comment by Gitami
    12:56 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those wolves and jackals you mean.

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    Comment by diskonline
    01:02 30/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Someone from China? OK, I'm here.
    They did broadcast this on the national channel, this sence can still be found on CCTV official net tv site, I can give you the URL if required.
    Aside from it being way too ridiculous, it's truth. Shame on you, CCTV.

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    Comment by TC-man
    23:00 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Please read the article again. Why? It clearly says that the Chinese net users noticed what CCTV did with the top gun footage and post the pictures for comparison to prove that themselves! This time it not the Japanese were pointing it out, it the Chinese net users themselves!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:37 30/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Does China really exist?

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    Comment by Gaspard de Coligny
    00:36 30/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Can't be worse than the american tool that passed "lost" pilote episode scene as some real aircrash footage.

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    Comment by chad001
    01:09 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It saves cash, nuff said.

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    Comment by Exia
    00:01 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Uh, China quarity propaganda answer your question?

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    23:51 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I call bullshit. I don't know Chinese, nor do I have access to their news channels, but I suspect of epic bullshit.

    There's got to be something wrong here. I don't believe the Chinese military would do such an obviously ridiculous thing, if this is true, this was just the idea of CCTV, but even that seems suspicious.

    Did CCTV *really* broadcast this? Is this April's Fools *year* in China? Does CCTV *really* even exist? Couldn't this be all an elaborate prank that language barriers distorted into being passed as the truth?

    Since I'm lacking so much context I have to research myself but this is too hard to believe at this point...-_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Whatever the case, China passing off pirated Hollywood footage of US aircraft as the triumph of its own “indigenously designed” jet is probably the ultimate (so far) in “made in China” irony."




    No wonder Hong Meiling moved to Gensokyo...

    -Azure Xuchilbara
    (account suspended)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:42 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seeing things like this makes me wonder just how "stealthy" the chinese stealth craft is.

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    Comment by entropy13
    00:30 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    CCTV channels does exist. If you get cable here, you get a lot of Chinese channels too. Must have missed this.

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    Comment by TheBeast
    00:19 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    if it were an upstanding country being accused of this, you would probably be right. but for china it is just their antics again. there was an article on sancon just a few before this where a dude named ishihara claimed young people had no culture. if this is their idea of culture, maybe that's a good thing.

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    Comment by Riiku
    01:36 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll tell you why. Because they either don't have a fully-functional prototype, or they didn't even went past bluesheets with this project.

    @Anon 22:28

    Humiliating USA? That makes no sense, the only one they're humiliating with this is themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous

    as usual America will just bend over and take it because they're trying to avoid war. It's that whole anti-American song for Obama thing again. They're insulting th USA because they can get away with it

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It's more mature to simply brush off juvenile attempt of an insult than actually dignifying it with a reaction. It was a cheap shot from China, but hey, Kids will be kids, no need to get worked up on it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why should America care? Are they going to try and get China to pay royalties for the usage of the film? This is all about China embarrassing itself, America is silently laughing.

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    Comment by Aaron
    23:40 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    OMG an Anon with some sense...... *Watching for the sky falling now*.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    01:56 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Highway to the danger zone~

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:40 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    That movie really had a good soundtrack.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 30/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Do you want a good fuck?

    -Azure Xuchilbara
    (account suspended)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 02/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, why suspended, I certainly do! But you're probably a guy, so no thanks...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    For their encore they will show clips from "the invisible man" and claim it to be stealth tech...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 30/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    successful failure at work. Give them a nobel prize. BTW the seat in their new fighter is explosif, not small rockets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 30/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    China fails mounting... reaching epic proportions. China research ambitions: is there a fail greater then epic fail? Lets us set out to answer this question.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:30 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "China fails mounting... reaching epic proportions"

    how about ASStronomical proportions?

    history will remember China as a country of ASStronomical failure in all ASSpect.

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    Comment by vanchrian
    04:14 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So if the drone's destruction was faked, has the J-10 actually been able to destroy anything besides itself?

    I assume that at least one of the planes lost due to malfunctions was because something in the cockpit exploded.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    12:03 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just yesterday, I bought a chest expander that was made in China. I look at the back of its box; China's English was epic fail! That was before I got home saw this post (it didn't have a comment at the time).

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    China's new and revised regime:

    Ingenuity is too expensive,
    replicate is cheaper.

    Copying from others is effective,
    let the others do the inventing.

    Profit above all else,
    put competitions at your mercy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    chinese and their chinese pride...they just copy stuff from other ppl and say its wat they say

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    Comment by Gitami
    12:52 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're imperfectly copying the Corean's "We made it (first)" attitude. China, is there nothing you won't copy?

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    00:57 31/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    China. The name in and of itself is synonymous with "fail".

    Comment by Anonymous

    "but in fact based on a mixture of Israeli and Russian design and technology"

    So Israeli as in US, and Russian as in copied US... LOLz

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:07 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Jesus, what's wrong with China?!
    Not chinese people, just China.
    When I thought they can't get any worse, they just keep doing these things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:39 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    and you even need to ask? everything's wrong with China.
    It's a fucked up place where nobody would want to live in. and they even think highly of themselves...

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    Comment by MasterX25
    22:15 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    Yea but so do America. And lots of people call america a pretty fucked up place as well(personally not as china, but number 2)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Obviously has never actually sat foot in America. But hey, don't let that stop you from pretending to be an expert on America, or any other country you feel like bashing cause it's the trendy thing to do.

    In fact, I'll direct you to spend some lovely time in places like Ningeria, Zimbabwe, Cambodia and North Korea. I mean hey, they must be lovely, afterall, afterall, they're not China nor America.

    Seriously, I can care less who you hate. But at least try to form a logical argument instead of just "hurhurhur *insert country name* sucks, because it's fucked up". That's just retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:36 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Given what you have to compare it to, America is like the champion of human rights. There are not a lot of countries that can argue that. Individual corporations? They count. WHOLE COUNTRIES? Fuck out of here! It's like saying "you can't blame John for getting a C when Martin gets a B" when the class average is a D. Its like everyone who argues that "Why is America not an A" when their own country can't do much better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Name one government that "isn't fucked up."

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    Comment by MasterX25
    22:20 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    China isn't 1 billion in poverty, don't know where you get that from. China is not developed either the last time I checked.

    23:12 is correct some way. The corruption is mainly caused by Capitalist now, money rules everything. And China having a large population, it's very difficult to keep this under control. There are lots of politicians who are trying to make China better(logical law, we always want to live in a better world instead of a shit one), just the corrupt dicks who screws shit up. And big cooperate company in China are also greedy fucks that want money at all costs and don't give shit about people that are harmed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:48 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 23:12

    China, with it's 1 billion in poverty, a developed country?! Which planet are you on?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    America is fucked up because its govt. is incompetent, inefficient, and because there's a new president every 4 fucking years. These presidents/morons are always starting new wars that are usually never approved by the general public or congress for that matter, but never have to take responsibility because they can let someone else take care of it in a couple of years when they're no longer in the limelight.

    I would still prefer America how it is, with a new incompetent president with good intentions every 4-8 yrs than a single individual who'll no doubt become power hungry. imho

    On the other hand China's govt. isn't incompetent they're just plain corrupt, granted that all politicians are corrupt, few developed countries are as bad as China. They want all of Asia under their control.

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